Peaks & Valleys: Bright spots and challenges around Lake Tahoe (commentary)
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Should the Loop Road project be on South Lake Tahoe’s upcoming ballot? Yes or no? Answer here.
North Shore ski season extended
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe resort and Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows both recently announced extended ski seasons. Mt. Rose will continue operations through May 8 and Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows will remain open as long as conditions permit.
Gaming win up around the lake
Tahoe’s North Shore casinos reported a 17.7-percent increase to just over $2 million in February, reported Nevada Appeal’s Geoff Dornan — the total increase was approximately $311,000. South Shore casinos were up 3.8 percent, or a total of $598,000 to $16.2 million. February marked South Shore’s fourth consecutive monthly win increase.
Haase named Stanford head coach
South Lake Tahoe native Jerod Haase is returning to the West Coast while taking the next step in his coaching career. Haase was hired as Stanford’s men’s basketball coach last Friday, April 1, after four seasons at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
South Tahoe girls softball starts strong
The South Tahoe girls softball team won its home debut last Friday, April 1, en route to taking two of three from Elko. Led by South Dakota State commit Kendra Conard, the Vikings showed against the Indians why they have legitimate playoff aspirations this season.
Polar Plunge raises big funds
About $100,000 was raised March 19 at the South Lake Tahoe Polar Plunge. Funds benefit Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada.
Snow survey results still below average
Though the northern Sierra Nevada received more snow than the southern end, the entire mountain range’s snowpack contains only 87 percent of average water content as of March 30. Though this is the wettest year since California’s drought began in 2012, the state isn’t out of danger yet. Readings from around the Lake Tahoe Basin painted a brighter picture for the north, however — an average of 116 percent year-to-date water content.
Vacation rental scams on the rise
El Dorado County District Attorney’s office recently warned of an increase in scams related to vacation rentals. South Lake Tahoe Police Department reported 35 cases of rental fraud between October 2015 and January 2016.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Three Lake Tahoe nonprofits received about $5,000 in grants recently from the Bessie Minor Swift Foundation.